IDF Releases Apparently Doctored Flotilla Audio; Press Reports As Fact

The IDF’s propaganda is increasingly unbelievable, yet the media is enthusiastically playing along. This audio, which purports to show flotilla passengers telling the IDF to “go back to Auschwitz,” appears to have been doctored by the IDF General Press Office or someone connected to it.

The clip originally released by the IDF on May 31 of its exchange with the Mavi Marmara, which is featured below, shows the IDF warning the ship’s crew, “Mavi Marmara, you are appproaching an area of hostility which is under a naval blockade. The Gaza area coastal region and Gaza harbor are closed to all maritime traffic…” The Mavi Marmara responded to the IDF’s warning: “Negative, negative. Our destination is Gaza. Our destination is Gaza.” There was no reference to Auschwitz in the video the IDF released on May 31.

The original video released by the IDF on May 31

On June 4, the IDF released apparently doctored audio of its exchange with the Mavi Marmara. The clip the IDF released featured the same imagery from its previous clip, but the voice of the Israeli Navy dispatcher was dramatically different. And the reply from the Mavi Marmara sounded like an impersonation of an Arab by a mentally challenged pre-adolescent (both videos are still on the IDF’s YouTube channel even though they completely contradict each other).

The video apparently doctored by the IDF, released on June 4

Further, the IDF is claiming its “Aushwitz” audio is from the Mavi Marmara. Yet it includes a recording of Huwaida Arraf saying “we have permission from the Gaza port authority to enter.” Huwaida has confirmed to the Institute For Middle East Understanding that her voice appeared in the apparently doctored clip. Unfortunately for the IDF, Huwaida was on the Challenger One, not the Mavi Marmara. How can the IDF account for this inconvenient discrepancy?

The Israeli daily, Yedioth Ahronot, which means “latest news,” are in fact the latest idiots. They’ve reported the apparently doctored audio clip as fact. And so has Haaretz. Haaretz has quietly changed its headline but the article remains stenographic in nature. Neither outlet made any effort to investigate the veracity of the IDF’s claims.

Either the mayor of Chelm is in charge of the IDF Press Office, or the Israeli military has something very ugly to hide.

Update: Ali Abunimah has also confirmed with Huwaida that her voice appeared in the apparently doctored IDF audio clip, but that she was not on the Mavi Marmara.

54 thoughts on “IDF Releases Apparently Doctored Flotilla Audio; Press Reports As Fact

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  2. mbg

    Uh, is it glaringly obvious to anyone else that the audio of the second video, purporting to be an overdubbed version of the first, doesn’t match up with the “original” IDF video? Who created this video? It doesn’t have the IDF stamp. The “original video” doesn’t appear to be tampered with at all.
    i.e Video 1: “you are approaching an area of hostility which is under a naval blockade….”
    video 2: “you are approaching an area which under a naval blockade.”

  3. ersfma

    Where are the boats now – undergoing similar tampering and evidence cleansing? How about the money mentioned by Michael Oren in the NYTimes – the credit cards, socks and other items stolen from passengers?

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  5. qumbr

    Those videos don’t contradict each other. IDF contacted and warned the ships of the flotilla many times, not just once. And while the first video is a footage from a ship, the second video is a recording of the radio (and not of the same call). And they just used an image that they had, it doesn’t mean anything.

  6. Max Post author

    Even if the second clip was real, which it clearly isn’t, it would contain audio transmissions from two different ships. Yet the IDF has presented the transmissions as from the same ship. Why even bother defending this moronic forgery?

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  9. Jim Holstun

    Oh, it really is too wonderful! The third bit (the one by the Texas stoner) is also priceless–“Don fuhget nineleven, guys.” Who is the Director of Israel Military Intelligence? Beavis ben Butthead?

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  15. ufraidees0

    It’s glaringly obvious to me, this is doctored audio; there are VERY audible edit points, ‘bumps’ in the gain due to a lack of care to make it seamless. Done in a hurry by people whose expertise lies ‘elsewhere’.

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  25. Mosè

    We use to say: “the mother of the idiotis has never stopped giving birth.”
    The ID F continues with to give birth to so many of it.

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  38. torsion

    I assume that we will soon see a long article here about the cropped Reuters photos.

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  40. gabi

    Oh, maybe these are the “fabricated and distorted” photos Mr. Blumenthal was referring to in one of his blogs earlier?!?

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